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Posted by5 months ago

In a devastating blow to voters, the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled against us in our case for #fairmaps. This overrules the decision in our favor from District Court Judge Bill Kapper. With this, it seems likely that the Ad Astra map will be in effect for the next decade.

r/kansas - In a devastating blow to voters, the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled against us in our case for #fairmaps. This overrules the decision in our favor from District Court Judge Bill Kapper. With this, it seems likely that the Ad Astra map will be in effect for the next decade.
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Why is the partisan divide only getting worse in this country? This. This right here.

Gerrymandering is a big part of why the politics in this country have become so toxic. There is no need for either party to work with each other and the primary elections become the most important. This ends up in a cycle of catering to the most extreme and rabid in the base because they’re the ones that reliably vote in the primaries.

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And in some cases (like in Kansas) party members are the only ones who can participate in primary elections. Other places have open primaries.

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we don't even need elections anymore. just let the party pick the candidate and give them the seat.

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· 5 mo. ago
Jayhawk

The map completely undermines any attempt to fairly represent the views of Kansans. Its only rationale is increasing conservative outcomes.

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Yup. This is a slap in the face to all Kansas voters - especially those that care about democracy.

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The gerrymandering is a plague in so many "red states". Whenever I talk to online discord friends they treat kansas like it's just a bunch of hick hillbillies because all they see is deep red. But like any state, there is blue mixed in here it just has no representation.

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Are you a law professor at KU or did you just lift his tweet verbatim for likes lol?

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Thousands of voters essentially had their voices silenced. This is a dark day for democracy in Kansas, a thing which only hangs by a thread as is.

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Three cheers for single party control

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Most people in Kansas are inspired by The Handmaid's Tale and dream of Gilead. THey're happy to embrace fascism if it supports their theocracy.

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The Christian terrorists of America won't stop until town square burnings and stonings return

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I'm really looking forward to reading the mental gymnastics they put in their opinion to step around the disparate impact to minority voters this will create in WyCo.

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And Douglas County.

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Under the federal constitution, it's not enough to show disparate impact to establish an equal protection challenge to congressional maps. Discriminatory intent is also required. Of course, this claim was brought under the Kansas Constitution. And we don't know whether the court found either intent or impact here because, as you made clear, the court hasn't released its reasoning yet.

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· 5 mo. ago
Jayhawk

Elections have consequences. In this case, the end of free and fair elections going forward. You had a good run, Kansas.

If (and most likely, when) Kelly loses in the fall, the GQP can continue their march to end quality public education in the state. We, the "remote" workers who just so happen to live in KS because of the availability of high quality public education... will have to vote with our feet.

Not that Kelly had a lot of power against their super majorities, but if we've also lost any check by the Supreme Court against our slow backslide into a one party - one branch non-representative government, it's only a matter of time before we devolve into a regressive tax/no services shit hole like we got a taste of during the Brownbackistan years.

Because Kansans lack the constitutional authority to lead citizen initiated ballot initiatives, and no moderate Republican voices left in Topeka, I have zero hope that we'll ever get an anti-gerrymandering law passed. Like I said, we had a good run...

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the way things are heading, I wouldn't be surprised to see Kobach in the governor's office within the next decade

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